The following post is from guest blogger Suzanne Russo Adams. Suzanne is the Ancestry.com Society Partnership Manager.
About a year ago, I made a phone call to Floyd Smith III, President of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and asked if this society would be interested in partnering with the Ancestry World Archives Project to index several early Nebraska state censuses. Floyd enthusiastically informed me that my call was a serendipitous event. The society had just been looking at ways to digitize and index copies of the very same censuses.
At the same time, leadership in the Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society approached Anna Fechter about possible project sponsorships. The Nebraska State Census project caught their attention as well.
Arrangements were quickly made for both groups to be among the first society partnership sponsors of active Ancestry World Archives Project collections. Since then dozens of other societies have signed on to sponsor other projects, collectively rallying their memberships in the efforts of keying and arbitrating these valuable genealogical records. Some of you may belong to one or more of these 30+ societies and are contributing on their behalf. Thank you so much for your contributions!
Today I am excited to announce that thanks to your hard work and effort, and with special thanks to the members of the Nebraska and Bismarck societies, the Nebraska State Census, 1860-1885 collection, containing over 950,000 records, is now online.
“The Nebraska State Genealogical Society is thrilled to have had the chance to work with a team with such high, professional standards as those displayed at Ancestry.com. It is with our combined vision that we were able to accomplish so much with very little resistance. We are confident that the relationship we have fostered will prove to be mutually beneficial for years to come. We are equally confident that current and future generations will continue to build upon the efforts and insight of both organizations. Although the Nebraska State Census project has come to a close, we at the Nebraska State Genealogical Society are already looking forward to the next project.” (Floyd Smith III, President, Nebraska State Genealogical Society)
I want to take this opportunity to whole-heartedly thank the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and the Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society for their diligent participation and partnership. This is the very first sponsored dataset to be released live on Ancestry.com. As you can see, great things happen when forces combine to preserve and share records for generations to come. I hope this leads to many more successful partnerships with other genealogical and historical societies.
Note from Crista: Indexes for all projects keyed by the Ancestry World Archives Project community are available free to everyone. Images for these projects are only available to current Ancestry.com subscribers and active World Archives contributors. (Contributors are considered active when they key or arbitrate 900 records or more every 90 days.) Click here to learn more and become an Ancestry World Archives Project contributor today.